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The group exhibition at dawn draws connections between techniques of image production and the social and political work that goes into imagining alternatives to what the late Cuban American thinker José Esteban Muñoz called our “poisonous and insolvent” present. The show seeks to express a sense of art’s utopian horizon—a generative space of desire, experimentation, and queer relationality aligned with what he described as “ecstatic time.” Featuring twenty-five works that range from early performance videos by Joan Jonas to the allegorical and animated worlds of Jacolby Satterwhite, the exhibition insists on the possibility of “something else, something better, something dawning.”

at dawn features works by the artists Heike Baranowsky, Rosa Barba, Carol Bove, A.K. Burns and A.L. Steiner, Cassandra Press, DIS, Barbara Hammer, Jeppe Hein, Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson, Joan Jonas, Mary Lucier, Anthony McCall, Precious Okoyomon, Jacolby Satterwhite, Cauleen Smith, and Wolfgang Tillmans.

Curators: Lisa Long with Julia Stoschek
Curatorial Assistant: Eugene Yiu Nam Cheung

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Stephanie Comilang and Simon Speiser
Piña, Why is the Sky Blue?

Piña, Why is the Sky Blue? is an affirming techno-feminist vision of a future in which ancestral knowledge and new technologies converge. The centerpiece of the exhibition is the titular video/virtual-reality installation (2021), a speculative documentary that narrates the story of a spiritual medium known as Piña. As both an embodied being and a form of artificial intelligence, Piña is able to receive and collect inherited knowledge, messages, and dreams from people around the world in order to secure their survival. The show featuring this newly acquired installation marks the first institutional solo exhibition in Germany of Berlin-based artists Stephanie Comilang and Simon Speiser. The exhibition is accompanied by a publication featuring an interview between the artists and curator Lisa Long and an essay by London-based writer Alex Quicho.

Curator: Lisa Long
Curatorial Assistant: Eugene Yiu Nam Cheung

 

Julia Stoschek Collection                                                                                                                                                                Leipziger Strasse 60 10117 Berlin, Germany

 

ill: Sturtevant, Pacman, 2012. HD video, color, sound, 1:15 minutes. Excerpt. © Estate Sturtevant, Paris. Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London/Paris/Salzburg/Seoul.

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